CT (Computed Tomography)
CT (computed tomography) or CAT (computed axial tomography) is a highly advanced computerized x-ray machine used to obtain images of the body in the axial plane. This sophisticated computer emits a thin x-ray beam that will continuously rotate 360 degrees while the exam table moves during your procedure. The painlessly and safely obtained images from inside your body provide crucial information to your doctor that helps him or her make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for you. Depending on the exam, intravenous and/or oral contrast may be given for various clinical indications to help improve visualization of certain structures.
Our CT scanner complies with XR 29 (Smart Dose), dose reduction technology but also improving image quality.
We have GE LightSpeed CT with Asir in Los Angeles.
Some types of CT exams require that you not eat or drink for 4-5 hours prior to your exam. Please contact our office or check with your doctor prior to your visit for special instructions. Metal objects such as jewelry, eyeglasses, removable dental work and hairpins may affect the CT images and should be removed prior to your exam. If there is a chance that you are pregnant or if you have a history of allergies, please inform us.
What to Expect
Once both you and your mammogram technician are ready to begin, the technician will position your breast in the mammography unit. One breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a clear paddle. Depending on the individual, breast compression may range from slightly uncomfortable to very uncomfortable. Compression of the breast creates a uniform tissue thickness for the x-ray image, which allows for a clearer, unobstructed image and reduces your exposure to x-ray radiation. The direction of the compression will be changed in between images to achieve a top-to-bottom view and a side view. The same process will be repeated for the other breast. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds while the x-ray is being taken in order to get a clearer image. The mammography exam takes about 20 minutes.